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Example Socket Processor

A processor casing sitting with its pins facing down. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons uploaded by NaSH 2005) A processor casing sitting with its pins pointing upward. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons uploaded by pipp 2005)


The pictures show the top and bottom of an Intel 486 processor. This processor must be lined up properly before it is inserted in the socket. It will only fit correctly one way and to help the installer one corner is different from the others. The processor does not have to be pushed firmly into place but rather popped into place and then secured using a locking arm.

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